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Columns

  • Column: Restrooms: Where did this lunacy come from?

    What have I missed? I am completely baffled, perplexed, beyond confused.
    I sometimes feel like a modern-day Rumpelstiltskin – like I have somehow drifted off into a 20-year sleep, and have now awakened in a different time and place. My country has somehow morphed into a place with which I no longer can identify. And it has happened so quickly, so dramatically, that I am perplexed as to how this transformation has taken place.

  • Column: Ideas for fixing S.C. higher ed

    We all know that the success of our higher education system is vital to the success of our state.
    This column is not about all the good things or all the failings of our individual institutions of higher education. Let’s just say we have some great institutions and some not-so-great ones. At the great institutions, we do some things well and some things not so well. At the weaker institutions, we do some things well and some things not so well.
    In short, there’s room for improvement at all of them.

  • Column: S.C. marriage bill has feeble underpinnings

    In December 2014, a bill was introduced in the S.C. Senate by Larry Grooms of District 37 and Danny Verdin of District 9. The bill asks Congress to hold a convention of the states for the sole purpose of amending the U.S. Constitution to allow states to define and regulate marriage.
    This bill arrived in the Senate one month after the Supreme Court agreed to review a same-sex marriage case because the circuit courts had given conflicting rulings on the constitutionality of marriages of this variety. A ruling on the case would set a national legal precedent.

  • Column: Why is USC storing water purchased for flood victims?

    One of the University of South Carolina’s biggest embarrassments of recent years is currently hiding another.

  • Column: Congressional candidate makes case for change

    Editor’s note: Ray Craig, a Republican from Lake Wylie running in the June 14 primary against incumbent U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney of Indian Land, spoke to the Hickory Grove Volunteer Fire Department on Monday. Here are some excerpts.

  • Column: Think about effects of Democratic ideas

    OK, Bernie and Hillary supporters. Consider this.
    Why do you want a free or no-debt college degree? To get a better job. Why do you want a better job? To make a better wage. But why have a better job and higher wage in the Bernie and Hillary economy, where if you do succeed you don’t get to keep that higher wage? You become a cash cow for those who want things for free.
    After a while people will figure out that the more they work, the more they pay, and soon they will stop working and just settle for the free stuff.

  • Column: Education, technology, creativity key to S.C.

    Etc are three little letters we run across most every day. We hardly notice them. But when it comes to South Carolina and our future, ‘etc’ can be a real disaster or it can be our great hope.
    Confused? Let me explain.
    Etc (usually written with a period at the end as etc.) is short for et cetera, a Latin phrase that the Cambridge Dictionary defines as “and other similar things.” Another way of thinking about etc is “more of the same.”

  • Column: Prom season prompts blitz to keep youth from drinking

    South Carolina during April will mount a coordinated effort to eliminate access to alcohol by young people under age 21, striving to ensure a safe prom season and end to the school year.
    The program will involve law enforcement, alcohol-abuse prevention specialists and other community members throughout the state, joining to increase enforcement of the state’s laws and to launch a public education blitz.

  • Column: For Sardelli, looking back helps him move forward

    Christopher Sardelli reported for The Lancaster News from 2008 until last week, when he left for a communications job in Charlotte. In March he was named the S.C. Press Association’s weekly journalist of the year.  

    I can remember it like it was yesterday.
    I was standing in the living room of the Stroud family home with piles of photographs spread in front of me.

  • Column: A day to honor our doctors

    Health care is always changing, brought on by scientific breakthroughs, technological advancements, government regulation and reform. But there is one constant: physicians still shoulder the ultimate responsibility for a patient’s care, whether it be in the emergency room, on the operating table or in a clinic.
    From the days of Hippocrates, doctors have held the fate of their fellow human beings in their hands – and certainly in their hearts.